On 31 January 2012 AISA and the City of Tshwane co-hosted the Ambassadorial Forum on the DRC’s Presidential Elections and its Aftermath at the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) in Pretoria. The forum was chaired by Dr Matlou, CEO of AISA. The introductory remarks were provided by Mr John Kgwale Tsebe, CEO of the NLSA. Mr Tsebe gave a synopsis of the NLSA’s mission statement being to promote a South African culture of reading, writing and publishing in all local languages, and to provide easy access to books to all South Africans.
The keynote address was given by the Deputy Ambassador of the DRC to South Africa, Mr Yav Tshikomb whose presentation was on The 27 November 2011 Presidential Election, in which he informed the audience about the procedures and results of the elections that took place under the supervision of international observers. He encouraged the opposition parties to work together with the government to build the country. Dr Sylvester Maphosa, Chief Research Specialist and Head of Peace and Security at AISA, spoke on DRC Presidential Election: An Imperfect but necessary step? The missing link in democratic transitions. His presentation reflected on the election results and questioned the role of the neighboring countries in bringing about peace and security in the DRC.
Mr Dieudonne N Tshiyoyo, Manager of Elections and Political Processes at the Electoral Institute for Sustainability on Democracy in Africa spoke on Assessing the Congolese Electoral Law and the CENI Preparedness to organise the November 2011 Presidential Election. In his presentation, he reflected on the electoral flaws in the DRC elections, the failure of the Electoral Commission to print the ballot papers in time and to allow the opposition time to campaign. Mr Pacifique Sukisa-Makasi of the Revolution Congolaise spoke on Post Election Violence and Human Rights in the Congo. In his presentation, he highlighted a number of incidences in which the followers of opposition parties were harassed and denied their rights to express their dissatisfaction towards the government on how the election was conducted. Dr Siphamandla Zondi, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) and AISA Council member summarised the discussions by critically outlining the outcome of the elections.